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10/1/2012 - October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Ninth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming up in October 2012 as a collective effort nationally and within the Commonwealth and  local communities of Massachusetts. 

 Governor Patrick has shown his support by signing  a Proclamation observing October as Cyber Awareness month, and to show our support we are asking everyone of all ages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to take the Cyber Pledge.    

 Could you please forward the below email to everyone in your community, to the schools and to all of  your employees to help promote Cyber Security Awareness. 

 Everyone is encouraged to sign the Cyber Pledge and demonstrate the commitment to taking cyber security seriously.  If we each pledge to do our part to make our piece of cyber space just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nation’s cyber security.

 Take the Pledge and get a nifty certificate here

Pledge

Stop, and Think (consider appropriateness and risk) before I Connect to the Internet.

Take personal responsibility for security, follow my organization's security policies, and adhere to sound security practices.

Lock my computer whenever I leave my work area.

Safeguard portable computing equipment when I am in public places.

Create and use strong passwords, and never share my password(s) with anyone.

Never leave a written password (sticky note, etc.) near my computer, or easily accessible.

Promptly report all security incidents or concerns to my organization's security office or other appropriate contact.

Safeguard "sensitive data" as well as confidential and/or legally protected (Personally Identifiable Information and Protected Health Information) data from any inappropriate disclosure.

Work to the best of my ability to keep my organization's staff, property and information safe and secure.

Spread the message to my friends, co-workers and community about staying safe online.